There are many people whose love, courage, faith, business acumen, kindness and generosity I find exemplary and worthy of recognition in this writing. I wish I could say something about each one. The people I have chosen to acknowledge today are the ones who have impacted and influenced my life in incredibly powerful ways. And, most of them don’t know. That’s what I love about podcasts, YouTube, etc. The virtual world offers each of us the opportunity to change in the areas we seek to grow. (more…)
Growing up, I didn’t think I could do anything well. You might think that’s not true, but it is. There were so many things I wanted to do and be. I wanted to be a singer, an artist, a Hollywood movie star! I wanted fame, to be good at something, to be recognized and seen as someone who had something to offer. Little did I know that my years growing up were a search for significance, love, and acceptance. (more…)
Blogging consecutively for 21 business days can feel forced, scary and uncertain. It can add pressure to an already full schedule, but in my complex mind, I am drawn to participate.
History has proven I don’t function well under pressure. In fact, during past times of writing, I have intentionally set myself far from others so I could meditate on the message I want to convey, then write. But life got busy, time for long meditations got squeezed, and I lost momentum. What I’ve learned is there is no time like the present to get started. So, here I am, a late 50’s female stepping into what feels like a ten-year-old about to dive into the icy cold waters of a Colorado river in early Spring.
When I was in my early 20’s, I began what became a 5-year career of working for a bank. I began as a teller, but first I was required to go to teller training. This is where we were taught policies, procedures, balancing our drawer and effective ways to communicate with our customers. In addition to learning these very important aspects of banking during our training, we handled a lot of money.
You might think it was Monopoly money, but it was the real thing. Over and over, they had us inspect it, rub it between our fingers to learn the texture and feel, and then we were tested on its authenticity. Studying the real thing during that training period and into my years in banking gave me the ability to immediately detect by touch and sight whether someone was passing me a counterfeit bill. It was only by studying the real thing that I learned this critical skill.
How about the way we have learned to live our lives? Have we studied the Scriptures or been taught by a counterfeit? After being deceived, I learned that the only way to know the real thing is to study the real thing. Knowing the real thing (Truth) empowers us to know the counterfeits! And this my friends is critical to our relationships and a life well lived.
Discovery of the Truth is where our health and healing begins! If you haven’t spent time studying the real thing, it’s never too late. It’s truly amazing what can happen when you know immediately what is real or counterfeit.
- The counterfeit will be hidden between the real thing
- The counterfeit will be so close to the real thing you can miss it
- The counterfeit will leave you with less than what you started with
What will you do the next time someone hands you a counterfeit? Are you going to rebuke it knowing it’s not the real thing or accept it and suffer?
There are many counterfeits when it comes to relationships. Who can you trust? How can you know for sure? If you want to learn more about how to choose the real thing, we can help.
‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” – Jeremiah 33:6
Single again working Moms experience real challenges before they step out the door each morning.
Not only do they have to prepare themselves for work. They have the responsibility to make sure their children are bathed, fed and dressed.